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5 hot toddies that will cure anything, even a case of the Mondays

Katherine Martinelli is an internationally published food and travel writer and photographer who contributes regularly to publications on three continents. She recently released her first cookbook, Puff Pastry at Brunch: 10 Sweet and Sa...

The best hot toddy recipes on the Internet will warm you right up

When the only thing that will warm you up on a cold winter's day is booze, booze and more booze, we have five tasty recipes that will do the trick. Keep one of these recipes on hand for a quick and popular party drink, or mix up a hot toddy to enjoy as you warm yourself by the fire on a bearskin rug — we won't judge.

At its base, a hot toddy is any alcohol (although there are virgin versions out there) mixed with hot water and lemon, honey, sugar and/or spices. Whiskey is often used, but just about any spirit will do, and there are countless variations. Here are five of our favorites from the blogosphere.

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1. Hot toddy

The best hot toddy recipes on the Internet will warm you right up
Image: The Blond Cook

For a basic hot toddy that will cure what ails you, check this one out. The tea, lemon and honey make the perfect concoction to kick that cold.

2. Apple cider hot toddy

The best hot toddy recipes on the Internet will warm you right up
Image: Cookie + Kate

Nothing says fall and winter like hot apple cider, and this apple cider hot toddy ups the ante. Whiskey or bourbon is mixed with hot tea, apple cider and lemon for a warming winter drink.

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3. Pumpkin hot toddy

The best hot toddy recipes on the Internet will warm you right up
Image: Mom, What's for Dinner?

If pumpkin pie flavors in a warm, boozy drink sound like your cup of tea, then this pumpkin hot toddy recipe is for you. Pumpkin pie spices, spiced rum, hot milk and whipped cream on top is the perfect antidote for the winter blues.

4. Whiskey hot toddy

The best hot toddy recipes on the Internet will warm you right up
Image: Verses from my Kitchen

In this riff on a classic hot toddy, rye whiskey is mixed with hot water, brown sugar, honey, cloves, cardamom, lemon peels and a cinnamon stick.

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5. Hot cinnamon toddy

The best hot toddy recipes on the Internet will warm you right up
Image: Nutmeg Nanny

There are few aromas that can brighten up a kitchen or a cookie, like cinnamon. This hot cinnamon toddy highlights that wonderful spice by including cinnamon tea and a cinnamon stick along with bourbon and hot water.

Originally published January 2013. Updated August 2016.

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